Fly tying vises of the best brands for beginners and professionals

Fly tying vises are indispensable for tying your own artificial flies. A good tying vise is not only characterised by the fact that the hook can be clamped easily and quickly. The jaws of the tying vise must also hold the hook firmly in place so that it cannot move during tying. At the same time, the clamped hook must not be damaged. You will not enjoy tying flies for long with an inferior tying vise if it annoys you every time you use it. For this reason, we only stock high quality tying vises in our online shop, which we can unreservedly recommend and also use ourselves. No matter which model you choose, you can't go wrong with these fly-tying vises. Depending on the price range, the individual tying vises are equipped with more or less accessories and may have additional adjustment options.

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If you are fascinated by tying your own flies, a tying vise is almost indispensable. In principle, it is also possible to tie your flies freehand. But it is definitely easier, faster and more practical with an appropriate fly-tying vise.

The primary task of the fly-tying vise is to hold the hook securely and firmly in a position of your choice. This way you can gradually attach the different tying materials necessary for your chosen fly pattern to the firmly clamped hook.

The tying of artificial flies is constantly evolving. New tying materials but also more and more sophisticated tying techniques are added. Therefore, modern tying vises not only hold your hook securely, but also support you in many other tying steps.


There is now a wide range of fly-tying vises of different brands on the market. The price range between cheap and high-end tying vises can be several hundred euros. This is largely due to the materials used, the quality of the workmanship and the number of accessories available. If you want to buy a new fly-tying vise, however, you should not look at the price alone.

First and foremost, a good tying vise should:

  • Hold the hook bombproof: The fly hook is clamped into so-called jaws on the vise. When clamping, the hook and the jaws are subjected to great forces. The jaws should therefore be made of high-quality, very hard material and be cleanly finished so that neither the jaws themselves nor the hook are damaged. Quick clamping as well as easy readjustment of the hook's position makes fly tying more comfortable.
    Fly hooks come in many sizes and wire gauges. Whether your tying vise can hold all common sizes securely with just one set of universal jaws, or whether you need different sized jaws for the different sized hooks, depends on the model.
  • Ensure a secure stand: To be able to tie in a relaxed manner, the hook must remain in position. It is not enough for it to be firmly clamped in the tying vise. The fly-tying vise itself must have a good, secure and jerk-free stand. Whether you choose a tying vise with a c-clamp or a model with a heavy base plate is ultimately a matter of taste. It also depends on where you want to use your fly-tying vise.
  • Enable comfortable fly tying: In the long run, only relaxed and comfortable fly tying is fun. Therefore, your tying vise should be flexible enough so that you can easily adjust the position of the hook to your tying habits. Therefore at least it should be adjustable in height. This enables ergonomic and thus fatigue-free tying. Many models offer many additional adjustment options to find the best position for you. In addition, there are so-called rotary tying vises. They allow you to rotate the hook around the axis of the hook shank if necessary. This makes many tying steps easier.
    In addition, the fly tying vise should be designed and shaped so that the hook is easily accessible from all sides. This way you can quickly and easily fix the binding material to the hook, adjust it to fit or cut it to size.
  • Be modularly expandable: You don't buy a new fly-tying vise every day. Therefore, you should also pay attention to which accessories are available for your model. Sooner or later, you will want to try out new fly patterns or new tying techniques, so your tying vise should be able to be upgraded with suitable accessories.


You don't have to spend a lot of money to buy your first fly tying vise. However, we do not recommend buying a mediocre tying vise. You will quickly lose the pleasure of tying flies with a vise that does not hold the hook well, wobbles and cannot be adjusted properly. In our fly fishing online shop you will therefore only find high-quality tying vises. Even most convenient models are suitable for professional fly tying.

Two very well-known and appreciated brands produce their high-quality fly-tying vises in Italy:

You certainly won't go wrong with these tying vises. They are among the best fly tying vises on the market and are known all over the world for their quality. Due to the materials used and the excellent workmanship, the prices are absolutely reasonable.

We also have the DANVISE fly tying vise from Danica. In our opinion, this is the best tying vise for beginners currently available in terms of quality and price.